CURZON, INDIA AND EMPIRE:
The Papers of Lord Curzon (1859-1925) from the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library, London
Part 1: Demi-official correspondence, c.1898-1905
The Papers of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, 1898-1905, and British Foreign Secretary, 1919-1924, from the British Library (MS.EUR F111 & F112) document all aspects of his involvement with the Middle East and South Asia and provide a rich source for historians of Empire. As befits a man noted for efficiency and organisation, the papers are formidably well-organised. Part 1 offers an ideal introduction to his ambitions for India. It contains:
- A substantial series of demi-official correspondence, with the Queen-Empress and King-Emperor, the Secretary of State for India, and leading figures in British and Indian politics. These are a crucial source for understanding the relationship between Britain and India, the significance of the Durbar and displays of power, the encouragement of Indian self-government, agricultural reforms, the 'great game' and the importance of frontiers.